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->''"This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. [[ItsWhatIDo We rob banks]]."''

A 1967 biopic about the famous 1930s bank-robbing duo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Creator/FayeDunaway and Creator/WarrenBeatty.

Bonnie is a bored waitress who goes off with small-time crook Clyde on a lark. Bonnie and Clyde graduate to bank-robbing and murder after being joined by Clyde's brother Buck (Creator/GeneHackman), Buck's wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and gas-station attendant C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard). The Barrow Gang becomes infamous. They capture, humiliate, and release a Texas Ranger, Frank Hamer (Denver Pyle), who swears vengeance.

''Bonnie and Clyde'' was a smash hit that made huge stars out of Beatty and Dunaway. It was nominated for ten Oscars and won two, for Best Supporting Actress (Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It is regarded as part of the first wave of the UsefulNotes/NewHollywood movement that helped to break down the studio system and usher in a creative rebirth for Hollywood, with its increased [[HotterAndSexier sex]] and [[BloodierAndGorier violence]], glorification of {{anti hero}}es, and [[CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority skepticism of authority]].

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!!Tropes:
* ActionGirl: Bonnie.
* AffablyEvil: Don't you like Bonnie and Clyde?
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: After the first time he holds up a store with her, Bonnie immediately tries to jump Clyde's bones.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: An outlaw couple makes it to the end, in a car, then they get a rain of bullets for their troubles.
* AnimatedAdaptation: In the waning days of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, Creator/RobertMcKimson directed two cartoons featuring [[http://looneytunes.wikia.com/wiki/Bunny_and_Claude Bunny and Claude]], Bonnie and Clyde reimagined as rabbits who steal carrots, with a strong resemblance to Beatty and Dunaway. Since the film had been a big hit for Creator/WarnerBrothers, the whole thing was something of a SelfParody for the studio.
* AntiHero: Clyde is a thief and murderer, but is given a sympathetic treatment by the film.
* AssholeVictim: They rob banks, which after seeing what the banks have done to the poor folks of the country by foreclosing on their property, makes them look not as bad after all. However, this better describes UsefulNotes/JohnDillinger than it would the real Bonnie and Clyde.
* BangBangBANG: Deliberately done, as Warren Beatty wanted the gunshots to overpower the soundtrack. This lead to at least one case of a projectionist turning down the sound during gunfights, blaming the loud gunshots on bad sound mixing, much to Beatty's annoyance.
* BankRobbery: The gang's main source of money and infamy. In reality, the gang didn't do this very often and preferred to rob convenience stores and gas stations instead.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler: Both Bonnie and Clyde get riddled with bullets in the closing scene, but strangely enough, neither of them get hit in the head, and they end up bloodstained but otherwise remarkably decorous.]]
* BigBadDuumvirate: [[VillainProtagonist Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow]], the OutlawCouple leaders of a gang of bank robbers.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: C.W.'s dad, who seems like a hospitable guy at first but is an absolute {{Jerkass}} to his son and proves to be the undoing of Bonnie and Clyde.
* BountyHunter: The gang believe Frank Hamer to be one. In real-life, he was hired by the Texas prison system administrator, Lee Simmons, to hunt Bonnie and Clyde, but not as a bounty hunter.
* BreatherEpisode: The sequence with Eugene and Velma is meant to be a comedic interlude to balance things when the story starts getting darker.
* CompositeCharacter: C.W. Moss is a composite of two members of the Barrow Gang, W.D. Jones and Henry Methvin. The real W.D. Jones was not amused by this, and attempted to sue Warner Bros. for defamation. There is no known record his case was ever heard.
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: The laxer standards in censorship when this was made allowed far more of this attitude than most earlier films got away with.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: With the bonus of the title characters being [[OutlawCouple lovers on the run]].
* DownerEnding: A ForegoneConclusion.
* EyeScream: Blanche gets shot in the eye and later ends up blind in a hospital. In real-life, she actually got it from shards of flying glass due to a shootout in Platte City in July 1933.
* {{Gorn}}: Although [[SocietyMarchesOn not impressive by modern standards]], for its time (right after the removal of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode), this was a very violent movie and among the first to show actual blood splatter on screen.
* TheGreatDepression: The backdrop for the film, and, as Clyde believes, the main reason for the gang's vocation.
* HiddenDepths: Bonnie writes poetry about their misdeeds, which was TruthInTelevision.
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Bonnie takes an active role in the gang's robberies in the film. In real-life, there is no evidence she participated in any of the gang's robberies. While there is multiple eyewitness accounts of her participating in several of the gang's gunfights against the police, there is no known evidence anyone was hit or killed by her gunfire.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate:
** Plain-faced, 90-pound Bonnie Parker and shrimpy, 5'6 little Clyde Barrow, played by foxy Faye Dunaway and tall, handsome Creator/WarrenBeatty.
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with Blanche and Buck Barrow. The actors in the film are considerably dumpier-looking than their real life counterparts. In 1933, Blanche was in her early 20s, pretty and petite (here played by a 40 year old) and Buck was a good-looking guy age around 30. The producers wanted ordinary looking people for the non-headline parts.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: A big offender. The film's Bonnie and Clyde has more in common with bank robbers John Dillinger and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, who were also active at the time and held considerably more public sympathy, whereas the public eventually grew tired of Bonnie and Clyde's constant violence and cop killings and called for their deaths.
** The real Clyde was noted for having a HairTriggerTemper and bordered on AxCrazy at his worst. He often robbed and assaulted bystanders during bank robberies, killed both police and civilians at the slightest provocation, and left hostages tied to trees in the woods. This ruthlessness also extended to his own gang members. In a 1968 interview with Playboy, former Barrow Gang member W.D. Jones described an incident where Clyde had threatened to kill him over not changing a tire quickly enough, Bonnie had to pull a gun on Clyde to make him back off. One gang member not portrayed in the film, Raymond Hamilton, left the gang over feeling that Clyde was too violent to stay with, which earned him the hatred of Bonnie and Clyde that lasted until their deaths.
** Buck also gets this treatment. He was described as the most hot-tempered of the Barrows, often advocating [[LeaveNoWitnesses killing hostages]] and had once tied two police officers they had captured to a tree with ''barbed wire'', something that even Clyde found distasteful. Buck often got into heated arguments with Clyde as well, as he was uncomfortable taking orders from his younger brother.
** Even contemporary writers made note of how far the film goes in this regard; Newspaper columnist Mike Royko, shortly after the film came out, printed a number of angry letters from relatives of the gang's real-life victims offended by their romanticization. One said, "They got my father. They did him with shotguns. He lived for three days."
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Frank Hamer is portrayed in the film as a bumbling, spiteful idiot who allows himself to be made into a jackass by the protagonists and their friends. In real life, he was a Texas Ranger hired out of retirement by prison system administrator Lee Simmons to hunt them down after the gang led a prison break, and never personally interacted with them before the shootout in May 23, 1934 where Bonnie and Clyde were killed. The film shows Hamer and his men gunning down Clyde when he is unarmed and outside his car, while in real life both Bonnie and Clyde were inside their car when they were shot, and the vehicle was filled with weapons.[[note]]In fact, the main reason Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed in such a manner was because they were considered ''far'' too dangerous to confront face-to-face - their past encounters with law enforcement had ended with them escaping, often killing several officers in the process.[[/note]] Hamer's surviving family was so outraged at the negative, buffoonish portrayal they filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for defamation; the movie studio settled out-of-court.
* {{Hobos}}: The gang meets up with a camp of them after a shootout and ask for water; they get a lot of attention and are given soup as well as water.
* HollywoodHistory[=/=]VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Lots.
** For starters, C.W. Moss [[CompositeCharacter is a composite]] of W.D. Jones and the man who is believed to have betrayed Bonnie and Clyde, Henry Methvin. Other gang members are omitted.
** Clyde's prison time is largely glossed over, and his motive for the crime spree is shown as anger towards the corruption of the banks. Historians now believe that his prison time had a massive effect on him due to the brutality he suffered while serving his sentence, and his crime spree was largely a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Texas prison system and perhaps society at large. Admittedly, the details behind Clyde's prison time only came out [[HistoryMarchesOn well after the film's release]], and it is highly unlikely the filmmakers could have known about it at the time.
** A nasty car accident on the night of June 11, 1933 that left Bonnie with a permanently lame leg is not in the film, despite being a pivotal event in the gang's history.
** The gang's preferred weapons in reality were [[{{BFG}} Browning Automatic Rifles]] stolen from military armories that left police outgunned in confrontations, whereas the film has them using Thompson sub-machine guns, likely to evoke the classic Hollywood "Gangster" image of the time.
** Frequent visits to their families and the fact that Bonnie and Clyde were together for two years before starting their crime spree are omitted.
** Clyde's [[TheLoinsSleepTonight impotence]] as portrayed in the film has no known basis in reality, though it is likely the filmmakers based this on risque rumors of both Bonnie and Clyde having sexual relationships with other members of their gang[[note]]the film originally had both Bonnie and Clyde in a relationship with C.W. Moss. this was dumped in the final product for various reasons[[/note]]. Such rumors were [[DocumentaryOfLies printed as fact]] by the 1963 book ''The Dillinger Days'', and in fact may have been the source for the idea.
** The events the film covers have a number of details changed to make the pair more sympathetic. For example, the butcher robbery in the film is based off a real incident where Clyde executed an unarmed shopkeeper during a robbery because [[DisproportionateRetribution the man had talked back to him]]. The sequence with Eugene and Velma is very loosely based on a real incident where a man and woman were kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde for unintentionally foiling a bank robbery. They intended to take the two into the woods to kill them, but were talked out of murder ''[[BadassBystander by the hostages themselves]]''.
** The film also leaves out the Grapevine shootings, where Clyde (and possibly Henry Methvin) killed two passing police officers without provocation. This event was the point where the public lost all remaining sympathy for Bonnie and Clyde and was a deciding factor in their deaths by ambush, in part due to an eyewitness claiming that Bonnie had walked up and executed one of the officers ForTheEvulz (said eyewitness later admitted to making this little "fact" up).
** The ambush that kills Bonnie and Clyde is portrayed considerably differently than reality. The film's ambush has Clyde outside the car and unarmed by the time the shooting starts, and the motivation for an ambush is primarily Hamer's revenge for his previous treatment as their hostage. The real ambush was conducted by a six-man posse including Hamer, each armed with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol. As soon as their car was spotted and identified, the posse emptied all of their weapons into the car as it passed by. The reason why a shoot-to-kill ambush with [[NoKillLikeOverkill such excessive firepower]] was [[IDidWhatIHadToDo deemed necessary]] was due to the sheer number of people they had killed; The gang had been credited with the deaths of nine police officers by this point, most of whom had been killed outside of robberies. As at least one previous ambush against them had failed, police weren't interested in taking any further chances.
* TheLancer: Buck.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Clyde is portrayed by the film as impotent.
* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 7, which is pretty high for a 1967 movie, largely due to the blood splatter from Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) pistol-whipping the man in the grocery show in the head, the bank teller's bloody headshot through a car window, and, of course, the [[spoiler: the deaths of the two main characters at the end, complete with a small chunk of Clyde's scalp flying off, if you look carefully enough]].
* MoodWhiplash: Used to give the graphic ([[SocietyMarchesOn for the time]]) violence more impact. For example; The bank robbery scene, where Moss parks the car, first plays out as comedy as the trio bumble around trying to escape, but turns deadly when the banker jumps onto the running board and Clyde graphically shoots him in the face.
* MoralMyopia: The gang don't think they're doing anything particularly wrong, but those ''jerks'' who try to stop them from robbing banks, they were totally asking to be shot. (Of course, some of their enemies ''are'' jerks, but it isn't trying to stop murderous robbers that makes them so.)
* MoreDakka: How the title characters went down, in the movie and in reality.
* MultipleGunshotDeath: How Bonnie and Clyde get killed by the police. TruthInTelevision-the police went for ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill because they were ''that'' much of TheDreaded.
* NameAndName
* OhCrap: Bonnie and Clyde, [[spoiler:when they realize they are about to be ambushed.]]
* OutlawCouple: The TropeCodifier.
* PhallicWeapon: The film is not at all subtle about this with Clyde.
* PresentDayPast: The writers and director deliberately downplayed period accuracy to make the film more of a commentary on the '60s. The world of the movie is partly inspired by the '30s and partly by the movies of the FrenchNewWave.
* ScreamingWoman: Blanche, much to the chagrin of the rest of the gang (especially [[ActionGirl Bonnie]]), as well as to the real-life Blanche. The film deliberately played this up in order to make Bonnie seem "cooler".
* SmallTownBoredom: One of the reasons Bonnie joins Clyde in the first place, as he lampshades during a diner conversation.
* SpitefulSpit: After Bonnie kisses Hamer for the posed photo, he spits in her face.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Wow. TruthInTelevision, too.
* VillainProtagonist: The title characters are robbers and killers. even so, [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade the film's portrayal of them is considerably softer than the real Bonnie and Clyde]].
* WorkingOnTheChainGang: Clyde chopped off two of his toes to avoid this. TruthInTelevision, although most sources say that another inmate did it for him.
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